I have now been listening to my Thinking Slimmer track for 5 months.
It doesn’t feel like 5 months. It feels like only the other month that I started listening. Strange that isn’t it? When we want to lose weight quickly, you’d think 5 months was a long time but it isn’t when you are making slow and steady progress every week.
The biggest change is in my thinking (guess the clue is in the name of the product eh?) Most of us struggle with the willpower needed to stick to a diet for any length of time. We can find a way to motivate ourselves and can stick to it as long as there are results.
The challenge comes from the fact that we are “on a diet”. We have not changed our lifestyle, we are changing the way we behave, using willpower, for a time to achieve a goal. This means if you go on holiday, or go out for a nice meal, or have a birthday, then you allow yourself “time off” your diet. And in my experience, it’s really hard work to get going again after!
Once you are off the diet bandwagon, the weight often creeps back on, and some. For me, each time I went back to normal after being on a diet, I gained an additional 1-2 stone. Not good.
But this time, this is different.
I am losing weight and I am not on a diet. I don’t have to think about it or make any deliberate choices. I just get full quickly when I eat and I don’t feel like snacking very often. When I do snack, 2-3 mouthfuls later I don’t want any more. I don’t have the choice to stop it for the purpose of a holiday or a nice meal.
In fact, my friend has been babysitting once a week lately while I go out for a meal with my hubby. I am a cheap date. I don’t order a starter because there is no point and if I manage half a main course it’s a miracle. It is not a matter of choice. I am not thinking “I shouldn’t eat this but I really want it” I am thinking “Oh god, I can’t manage another mouthful but there’s loads of food on the plate still, how embarrassing!”
The other morning I took out a pair of trousers from my wardrobe and put them on. They fitted fine. I found a receipt in the pocket that was from 2003!
In my mind there is absolutely no question that I will continue to lose weight to my target of size 10/12 jeans. It is not an ‘if’, it’s a ‘when’.
Also there is no danger of putting the weight back on when I stop. Because there is nothing to stop!
It might be hard for those of you who have not tried this to understand what I have written here. In all honesty, it still feels weird for me. Let me summarise:
- I eat whatever I want. I just want to eat less.
- I feel fuller sooner when I sit down for a meal. I have cut my portions down by at least half and still rarely manage that
- If I want something nice to eat, I have it. Because I manage a couple of mouthfuls max I don’t have to consciously limit myself
- I am full of energy and confidence
- I run 6 out of 7 days in the week. I did a 10km run on Sunday. I never believed I would be able to run 10km (6.21 miles). I am planning a 10 mile run next
- I will continue to lose weight
- I won’t put it back on again.
Current status – WEIGHT
Target: Start point for 'healthy' weight is 11st6lbs
Start weight after 2 weeks :15st 11lbs
Weight after 20 weeks (18 weeks of measuring weight loss): 12st 8lbs
Total weight loss so far: 3st 3lb
Current status – SIZE:
Target: Between size 10 and 12
Starting size: 20/22 (don't tell anyone will you I am really in denial on this!)
Size after 20 weeks: 14
*you can read my whole journey on Thinking Slimmer by clicking the Thinking Slimmer link at the top of the page*